U.S. vaping-related deaths rise to 57, cases of illness to 2,602

CDC officials reported Thursday that the number of people hospitalized from a mysterious respiratory illness associated with vaping has hit 2,602. In addition, there were two more deaths from the illness, bringing the death toll to 57 as of January 7.

CDC officials reported Thursday that the number of people hospitalized from a mysterious respiratory illness associated with vaping has hit 2,602. In addition, there were two more deaths from the illness, bringing the death toll to 57 as of January 7. Health officials have called vitamin E acetate, a cutting agent used in marijuana vape cartridges, a "chemical of concern" in the outbreak, and they recommend that the substance not be added to e-cigarettes or vaping products.